29FebAdam Boulanger, Dan Ellsey and Tod Machover at TED 2008

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Tod Machover chose scientist Adam Boulanger to live demo, at TED 2008, the latest cutting-edge research being done in his group at MIT. Tod worked for many years to invite everyone to compose music. Today Adam had the chance to present at TED his PhD’s baby with partner Dan Ellsey. I had mentioned in a previous post his research.

Adam graduated from the prestigious Berklee’s school of music, studied medicine and worked for a few years as a music neurologist-therapist in New York. When he arrived at MIT he decided to apply his specialty in neurology to music composition. He met with Dan Ellsey who has cerebral palsy and worked together on means to compose with the Hyperscore environment at the hyperinstruments research group.

For his research with Dan, Adam developed a head-set and supporting software so that Dan could expressively perform his hyperscore compositions as a soloist. Dan worked closely with the team to perform his songs using head movements. If you want more technical detail, I had interviewed Adam on the challenge in designing such device.

Congratulations to the team! More info about the event on TED’s blog!


Adam, Dan and Tod - Picture from the MIT Media Lab’s web site.

Posted by Cati Vaucelle @ Architectradure
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